The best way to analyze the figures of speech in Marlowe`s `The Passionate Shepherd to His Love` is to look at treatises on figures of speech written by Marlowe`s near contemporaries such as George Puttenham, Angel Day, Abraham Fraunce, Richard Sherry, and George Puttenham. On the level of figures of sound, Marlowe uses alliteration frequently, especially on stressed syllables within a clause, e.g. ``may-morning`, ``mind ... move`. Metaphor appears in the line `melodious birds sing madrigals`(note also the alliteration), in that it is an indirect comparison of bird song with elaborate Italianate music. Much of the poem involves hyperbole, or exaggeration, e.g. àll the pleasures, thousand fragrant, etc.